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Mid Autumn Gifts From Ling

September 14, 2008

It is a joyful and exciting to receive gifts! and exceptionally lovely to receive gifts from the heart =) As i aged matured, i realized that the good and precious things cant be bought, they are given uncalled for. Totally understood why parents would be so over the moon to receive a handmade b.day card from their lil one. It is the love the kids bring forth in making it that matters. Gives a warming feeling to the heart to know that someone is putting effort into making you something unique, special, one and only. (^^,)

Received some really lovely and worth mentioning Mid Autumn Festival gifts this year! Really nice of Ling to specially made these despite all the heavy school workload she is facing at the moment. =) appreciate it girl! and they are simply delicious! i have to show it off to the world, what you offered me! 😛 1st up, Agar Agar Mooncakes –>

Comes in 4 flavors! Bandung, chendol, durian and peach! =) I love the chendol one! so gonna force this girl to impart skills on making this soon! 😛 let’s check out the interior!

Pretty Aint they? and not only do they look good, they tasted really good! Chendol was my favorite among them, and i’m craving for more…. *hint* that’s not all… next up! chocolate coated cereals~ comes in delicious black forest, green tea and strawberry flavors! Yum Yum…

Since it is mid autumn, how can the gift not include mooncakes? 😛 tada~~ Snow skin mooncakes! made with my mooncake mould! *grin* loan her the mould and i get rewarded in return! not a bad investment yea? creative flavors by Ling, red wine, durian, pandan, chocolate, sarsi… and i cant remember about the pink one =X is it bandung or strawberry? O.o well… wait till i try it out myself!

I’m not paid but am gonna advertise for Elyn again…. The mooncake mould is really a breeze to use! even Ling agrees… 😛 so get them next year! Visit <<Elyn’s Site>> for more information!

-.: Amanda :.

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Orange Chiffon Cake

July 5, 2008

Orange Chiffon Cake

Time flies indeed… so quickly… that it seems impossible… okie~ This is my 100th post! and yes, i have not been posting… cant seem to find enough time for myself, let alone bake or cook! =/ somehow i’m enjoying this buzzing around and unknowingly…. it has been 5 weeks since i started work! 😛 yea… no longer the University Undergrad with the privilege to skip or be late for lectures *cover mouth* But a responsible young working adult, that reports to work On time (i try to!) and leave NOT on time. >.<

Decided on making a chiffon cake for my 100th post, they might seem plain and simple…. and may seem boring and standard, but inside, it can be flavorful. To make a successful chiffon cake it is not that easy as well! This orange chiffon cake is a recipe shared by Florence of <Do What I Like> and Florence claims that this recipe tasted better than the ones Bengawan Solo sells! 😛

Orange Chiffon Cake


Ingredients:

(21cm Tube pan)
115g Cake Flour
3/4 tsp Baking powder

85ml Warm orange juice
Finely grated zest of 1.5 large orange

5 egg yolks + 30g castor sugar + Salt 1/4 tsp
5 egg whites + 50g castor sugar + 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

60ml Corn oil
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence or 2 tsp Rum


Steps:

  1. Sieve flour and baking powder.
  2. Whisk egg yolk, sugar and salt until creamy and light in colour.
  3. Add in corn oil, warm orange juice and rum. Mixed well.
  4. Fold in Flour mixture, followed by Orange zest.
  5. In another mixing bowl, Beat egg white with electric beater until big bubbles formed.
  6. Add in Sugar gradually and beat till soft peak.
  7. Add in cream of tartar and beat till stiff peak.
  8. Fold 1/2 of the egg white mixture into egg yolk and flour mixture. Gently fold till combined.
  9. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture and gently combine.
  10. Bake at 175C for 45 minutes or until cooked.
  11. Invert the cooked cake during cooling process.


Verdict?

Never tasted Bengawan Solo Orange chiffon cake, therefore i’m in no position to judge! but… it is indeed soft, fluffy and delicious! 😀 My mum loves it! I personally felt that is something healthier compared to pandan chiffon cake :p and yes… the whole cake was consumed in 3hrs! =X

– .: Baker Lee :.

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6th Year Anniversary!

July 5, 2008

with Ling…
my close pal, buddy, sister and….
Bento Maker! 😀

Ling

*gasp* yes, July 2008 marked the 6th year of our friendship! 😛 It was way back in July 2002 when i 1st get to know this wonderful, strong, confident, petite and sweet lady. I remember clearly that she is the very 1st person i got to know among my 2nd year’s classmates and we had our very 1st lunch together in ITAS canteen (one of Temasek Polytechnic’s canteen) *laugh* Thinking back… I spend most of my time in my 2nd and 3rd polytechnic years running to and hanging out with my 1st year buddies(Aishi, susee and JJ) and their new classmates 😛 I just love them so much i guess!

Our friendship blooms from causal friends to close buddy r/s only after graduation from polytechnic. *laugh* Ling is like a pearl to me~ started small…. from a lil grain of sand 😛 and as i get to know her over the years, i am proud and glad to be able to discover the beauty and glory of this lady. someone i can relate to, share thoughts and she will be able to understand and give unbiased and knowledgeable opinion. Check out my buddy with our yummy Dessert! 😛 –>

Ling With Baked Apple and Rhubarb Pie

To “celebrate” this special day, We called for a simple dinner at Aerin’s 🙂 Been eyeing on this place for sometime… Lovely, cosy, comforting dining experience by the fountain…. charming location to hang out and do some people watching 😛 Feel free to check out their bright and delicious looking <<menu>> The following are some of the items we ordered off the menu… Prawn Poppers, Chicken Cacciatore and Baked Apple and Rhubarb Pie.

Prawn Poppers

Both of us enjoyed the homemade tartare sauce which comes along with the prawn poppers… yummmm and also the nice crunchy prawn poppers, which turns out really good. Clean, simple, fresh and doesn’t leave u with the “oily” taste.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore, basically contains boneless chicken with a mixture of vegetables, such as onions, asparagus, capsicums(red, green and yellow) slow-cooked in tomato based sauce… in short a stew?

Baked Apple and Rhubarb Pie

Save the best for last? OHHHH YEA! Baked Apple and Rhubarb Pie *drool* this is soooooooooo good! It is definitely worth the wait. Freshly Baked upon order…. YUM! When this baby is being served, the nice buttery aroma from the puff pastry fills the air….. And check out the Vanilla ice-cream on top of the pipping hot pie… can u see those lil black spots? YUP! made with Vanilla Pod! 😀 GOSH~ creamy and delicious! The combination of crispy puff pastry crust + creamy cold ice-cream and pipping hot sourish sweet apple and rhubarb fillings is something i willingly pay 12bucks and go back for! 😀

Me with baked Apple and Rhubarb Pie

Aerin’s
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252, North Bridge Road
#B1-11/12 Singapore 179103
(65) 63372231

– .: Amanda :.

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Coconut Orange Cake

June 16, 2008

15/06/2008

Happy Fathers’ Day
*clap* to all the fathers out there! 😀

Coconut Orange Cake

woke up at 6am to make this cake, managed to complete the baking and assembling process just in time for breakfast. (^^,) Spotted this <<recipe>> sometime back on Pamela‘s Blog, love the idea of coconut and orange~ *drool* i’m sure it will be a hit with my parents. I immediately decided to make this on Father’s day, bookmarked the recipe and waited for the day to arrive! 😛

Pamela shared 2 method to make this cake, i opt for the 1st method, which produced, light, moist and fluffy cake. Instead of the frosting, i replace it with coconut ganache recipe taken from The Australian woman’s weekly which i have been wanting to try. Sliced the cake into 2 layers, ganache was spread on the cake, in between the layers and top off with some fresh grated coconut.

Ingredients:

Cake:
2 eggs
125g butter (softened)
50g dried schredded coconut
250g sugar
180g self raising flour
1 tbsp orange zest
250ml milk

Coconut Ganache:
70ml Coconut Cream
180g white chocolate
1 tsp Orange zest

Grated Coconut (toppings)
Blackcurrent Preserve (optional)
Steps:

  1. Separate the egg white and egg yolk.
  2. Beat the egg yolk, softened butter and sugar together in a big bowl till it is creamy and fluffy.
  3. Stir in the grated orange peel and the shredded coconut and then add in the flour.
  4. Pour in the milk and stir till combined.
  5. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks formed. Fold it into the mixture till combined.
  6. Bake it for about 60 minutes until the wooden stick comes out clean.
  7. Leave it to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out on the wire rack.
  8. Coconut ganache: Over a double boiler, melt and combine all the ingredients, till smooth consistency reached.
  9. Once the cake is of room temperature, Spread coconut ganache and decorate as desired.

Verdict?
I reduced the sugar called for in the cake by 1/2, as i’m using the ganache which i’m sure will be pretty sweet and also replaced the dried shredded coconut called for with fresh grated coconut. My family loved the cake! But i find the ganache itself too sweet for my liking~ =X the cake was delicious~ before the spreading of the ganache, the cake itself was light and soft, after the ganache sandwich in between the layers, it kind of makes the cake wet. =( bad choice of frosting by me! But i’m sure plain undecorated version makes really good tea cake. 😀 Thanks Pamela! wonderful recipe! Kept a quarter of the cake in the fridge, due to the ganache the cake hardens quite abit in the fridge, therefore, it will be better to consume it, within the same day it is being assembled.

– .: Baker Lee :.

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Countdown >> 1 Day to Next Chapter

June 2, 2008

01/06/2008

Enjoyed a wonderful time today with 3 of my fav girls. 😛 These girls have been with me since my 1st year in the polytechnic! and this coming July will mark the 7th year of our frenship! *grin* Time flies indeed! It has been 2 years since the 3 of them graduated from university and turned into working adults! I’m proud to say that i watch them grow and along the way, learn alot of them. Thank God for them! 😀 I’m so blessed to have them with me through these years! Meet my fav girls! Left to right : JJ, aishi and susee! 😛 (followed by me of cos!)

So what did we do today? We had an early dinner at Lerk Thai restaurant, enjoyed some thai dishes :X no pictures this time! i am too engrossed in catching up with the girls that i forgotten about snapping them! The only food-wised picture i managed to capture was JJ with her drink! Iced Roselle tea! –>

After dinner, we headed off to “sing our lungs out karaoke session”! *laugh* been a long time since i done a karaoke session! *cover mouth* was fun when u can really let loose, sing the way you want to! For you know that with people that loves you, out of tune/beat/rhythm does not apply at all. *winK* Alright, i shall stop here! i’m pretty much drained~ *crawl to bed* i shall head off to bed to get charged for the NEW chapter starting later! *grin*

– .: Amanda :.

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Countdown >> 2 Days to Next Chapter

May 31, 2008

31/05/2008

Another one of my “fulfilling promise” attempts 😛 Spent the day with a few of my university pals, those close ones 😛 It was a really last minute decision, though a few of them couldn’t make it, we went ahead with the plan. We rolled out of bed early, met at Bedok Market for a simple, nice breakfast before heading to east coast park, where we commerce on our cycling trip! *grin* yes, it has been raining over the past few days, but thank God, we are blessed with wonderful, cooling weather and though it did drizzle lightly on and off during the 4hrs we spend cycling, it was only when we are heading off to the nearby mall when it starts to pour heavily. Hallelujah !

That’s us before embarking on the trip to conquer the eastern coastal lines! *laugh* all fresh and eager to start off… Initially, we started off aimlessly roaming cycling around the park, stopping at different parts of the park, enjoying the “specials” in the park. such as the the “Bicycle Multi-story carpark” according to one of my silly pals, i cant remember exactly who is the nonsensical one >.< *laugh* which in fact was just a small low level “tower” which we have to cycle up in spiral wise and it oversees the park. When i say low, I really mean LOW!

We spotted this “special” and decided to stop and snap some pictures. 😛

Having been to Ubin previously, cycling in the park aint challenging enough for us! Therefore, we decided to venture to the next park along the coast, Changi beach park which was about 8km away~ The trip to and fro + all the cycling inside the park itself, i reckon we covered about at least 20km today. O.O

After all the exercise, it is important that we pump up on proteins! 😛 so we headed off to Fish Mart Sakuraya at Parkway Parade for some fresh sashimi! *lick lips* love this place! Master san (buddy weicyan) was the 1st to discover this gem, and brought me here a year back. And i have been telling the gang about this wonderful place for a long time! Finally we are here! 😀

So what did we had? all time favorite, salmon and tako (octopus)! On top of these, the counter staff recommended Amberjack and Mackerel~ My 1st time venturing out of the usual salmon, tuna sashimi, and i so must tell you! I felt that they are sooooooooo good~ light and chewy~ 😀

Fish Mart Sakuraya – Parkway Parade
Parkway Parade
80, Marine Parade Road
#B1-83D Singapore 449269
(65) 63454714

– .: Amanda :.

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Countdown >> 3 Days to Next Chapter

May 30, 2008

30/05/2008

3 more days to next chapter of my life~ =X i’m excited and worried at the same time! *heart pounding* Relax and chill my heart! >.<

Met up with Yani and ling too today was a great day as i managed to hang out with 2 of my fav girls(out of the many fav girls :P) and they finally got a chance to meet each other as well! I finally fulfilled the promise to bring yani to Meidi-ya Supermarket! *grin* it strikes me that i’m actively trying to fulfill all the promises i made! =X Gosh, it is not as if i’m going away to a far away place~ =/

Shocked Yani

This time i managed to practice some self control! 😛 however, 1st timer yani, suffered the same fate as me when i was there for the 1st time, happily grabbing and planning for a Japanese meal! 😛 As usual, Meidi-ya has lots of expensive imported products and yani was totally shocked by the price of the honeydew~ 😛 i love that expression! SGD$ 89 honeydew and SGD$ 130 bunch of grapes! *GASP*

Me: “I wonder who will be the silly cow to buy such an expensive fruit!”

Yani: “For praying maybe?”

Me: *stare, ponder and laugh* “You mean if u offer a more expensive fruit u will be more blessed?”

Yani: *shrugs and laugh*

We spotted a really cool fish! Check out the vibrant red coat, and the shiny bright eyes! 😀 Guess how much does this fello cost? >.< SGD$ 138

After shopping, the plan was to head to highly recommended Zam Zam restaurant for murtabak, and finally to Rich and Good cake shop for swiss rolls! well…. Things didnt really go as planned! *sigh* It started to rain heavily when we were about to make our way there~ =( Therefore there was a change of plans~ we ended up at plaza singapura around 4pm for our late lunch. Dine at secret Recipe and Yani had a nice meatball spaghetti –>

Yani with Her spaghetti

there’s a huge variety of cakes *drool* i cant help it and ordered their tea-time promotion, which consists of a slice of cake from their cake range and a cup of coffee or tea, all priced at SGD$ 5.90. *grin*

I picked a cup of white coffee with a slice of peach cake! Sponge cake sandwiched with whipped cream and peaches, the outer layer was torched to give the nice golden brown tone. In fact i was attracted by the torched outer layer on the 1st sight! 😛 YUM! i would love to come back again to try the rest of the variety soon!

Secret Recipe
Plaza Singapura Shopping Centre
68, Orchard Road
#03-18 Singapore 238839
(65) 63419909

– .: Amanda :.